THE GAP BETWEEN WRITING AND PUBLISHING CAN MAKE YOU FEEL CRAZY.
Hope*writers helps writers balance the art of writing and the business of publishing without feeling lost, discouraged, or overwhelmed.
WRITE BETTER TOGETHER
Sharing your writing isn’t as simple as it sounds. First, it’s exciting — but then things might get weird.
No one responds.
Every time you post, you wonder what your critics think of you and then feel dumb for caring so much.
Or the part that no one talks about: Maybe lots of people respond positively, and you immediately want to hide under your coffee table.
Who are these people and why is this so uncomfortable?
Congratulations, my friend. This is where you realize writing and publishing are two different things.
We get it. It’s awkward to go from hobby writer to working writer. It’s not your fault, and you're not alone.
Writing is a weird job where the very thing that makes you great at the trade is also the thing that can hold you back from getting better. You’re good at having time alone for deep thinking and observation, time to connect the dots and put them into English. But then, when it comes time to share your work, you feel like you have to become a cartoon version of yourself with all the people in every way, and it just gets twisty.
It's official. You've outgrown Google.
Those online searches aren’t helping you anymore.
The results might give you ten tips on how to write a book proposal, but they won’t tell you how weird it feels on the inside as a human person sharing your work with the world. Robots can't empathize. You need humans for that.
Before you back out of your calling, hang with us.
You’ve basically got two choices.
You can keep writing alone, without the risk of exposure, rejection, or discomfort; without a plan, without support, without an income, and with only a best guess for your next right step.
Or you can do the opposite of those things. It's time to ditch the robots and find your writing people.
What if we told you it doesn't have to be so hard?
What if we told you it's possible to find people who will love your work? We can help.
We help smart, creative writers do their work forever without losing their minds today.
Guess what people don't want to do forever? Things that make them feel weird.
After nearly five years of building this community, we’ve discovered writers quit when they don't have:
A clear plan — They skip early, foundational stages of writing and publishing, then burn out before they even get started.
Support — They romanticize the writing life and try to do it all alone.
Income — They don't know how to make money as a writer.
Selective social media vision — They feel like they have to be everywhere at once and get discouraged by all the shiny new strategies.
If sharing your writing makes you feel weird, you won’t do it. We don't like the sound of that.
THERE IS A PATH AND YOU'RE ALREADY ON IT.
As a hope*writers member, we'll help you identify where you are on the writing path and give you the tools and direction you need to move to the next stage in your writing and publishing journey.
Hope*writers membership leads you from hobby writer to working writer in three simple movements:
Start small and celebrate progress by identifying and accepting where you are on the writing journey.
Move at your own pace through your particular stage with provided checklists and benchmarks.
Participate in our project-centric writer small groups we call hope*circles for support, ideas, and accountability.
JENNI BURKE, LITERARY AGENT
"The work you're doing inside hope*writers is so important. You're helping so many writers, which, in turn, helps us in the publishing industry to have so much good, quality content. I've gotten proposals from hope*writers that are so good it's slowing down my process!"
Hope*writers is a community of working writers dedicated to the success and creativity of each member.
We take seriously the creative, social, and spiritual call to the deep work of sharing our stories and ideas with the people who need them the most.
We believe this because words have changed our worlds, shaped our narratives, and brought us back to life.
You need a go-to place and a solid plan with people who are doing the work and can respond directly to your questions about writing, publishing, and launching your work without going crazy.
Working alone is for hobbyists. If you’re ready to stop dabbling and become a writer who writes words people want to read, join us.
A FEW WORDS FROM WORKING WRITERS
FIRST BOOK CONTRACT
"Two years ago I was lost, discouraged, and wondering whether to pack it all in.
With the teaching, practical help, and encouragement I found at hope*writers, I've felt understood, believed in, and equipped.
At hope*writers I’ve found my people.
I now have a book deal and I couldn’t have done it without my hope*writers family."
Niki Hardy, Author of Breathe Again, released in August 2019 with Revell Books
HOBBY TO PRO
"For years I treated writing like a once-in-a-while hobby.
I now have writing hours each week, send out a weekly email to my subscribers, completed a book proposal and published two Bible studies.
I could not have completed these things without the accountability, inspiration, and encouragement I've found here."
Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young, Author and Speaker
"Our hope*circle has been a safe place to process almost everything you could imagine.
For some of us, it's been the first place where we shared our book concepts and our book covers.
It's where we share our frustrations, but also the safe place where we pop in to celebrate our milestones.
For me, it's been a lifeline!"
Jennifer Dukes Lee, Author of It's All Under Control and Acquisitions Editor at Bethany House Publishers
HERE'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU JOIN HOPE*WRITERS TODAY:
Your monthly fee includes:
- weekly Tuesday Teaching trainings
- access to our engaging Facebook membership community
- our complete online library of video trainings and how-to articles
- an invitation to join a small group hope*circle for feedback and direction
- a profile on the hope*writers Member Directory
A membership site is the way to have the writing community you need:
"I had joined a similar group in the past, but felt lost in the crowd. Hope*writers is such a warm, encouraging, humble community!"
"I absolutely would not be where I am or come how far I’ve come if not for this community. My expectations have been far surpassed. This is the only membership subscription I have to anywhere."
"I have made some great writing friends, mentors, and prayer partners who truly understand the writing life, and sharpen me while giving me grace. It is the most worthwhile subscription I have ever tried."
"It is a true community — one which shares in troubles and successes. It is where I come to share things about my work but also to check in with others. I have definitely been more focused and consistent in my work because of hope*writers."
HOPE*WRITERS HAS HOSTED GUEST TEACHERS FROM:
Hope*writers understand publishing is a business.
Instead of shaking our fist at the publishing machine, we believe that writers and publishers are all on the same team. We learn, we ask questions, and we figure out how we can all win.
When you become a hope*writer, we’ll bring you with us behind the curtain as we ask editors, agents, and other publishing professionals the questions you really want answered.
Current training videos include conversations with:
Acquisitions Editor at Revell Books
Executive Editor at Zondervan
Writing Coach, Book Proposal Academy
Acquisitions Editor at Zondervan
Author of The Dream of You
In hope*writers, we help you craft quality writing that encourages, informs, and inspires without being preachy.
As a member, you’ll have access to training from thoughtful writers and teachers on how to create a writing routine, build your writing team, develop your craft, and (finally!) call yourself a writer.
Current training videos include conversations with:
JAMES BRYAN SMITH
Author of Good and Beautiful God
Author of The Memoir Project
IAN MORGAN CRON
Author of The Road Back to You
Author and host of What Should I Read Next
Author and Editor at InterVarsity Press
Hope*writers identify and serve our ideal reader (and don't worry about the rest).
We help you figure out who your writing is for and discover the corner of the room you are called to serve. This makes everything easier and more successful — from writing to marketing to introducing yourself at parties (trust us!).
Current training videos include conversations with:
Alive Literary Agency
Blogger and Podcast Host
Founder of Cultivate What Matters
Literary Agent, Books & Such
New York Times Bestselling Author
Hope*writers apply marketing strategy like humans not robots.
We learn the foreign language of marketing, not for personal gain or self-interest, but because the only way our words can impact people is if people know that those words exist.
When you become a hope*writer, you’ll have access to our weekly training from marketing experts and working writers who are doing it right:
Consultant and Copywriter
Author of Your First 1000 Copies
Marketing Director at Zondervan
Author of The Lazy Genius Way
ANNIE F. DOWNS
Author of 100 Days to Brave
RUTH CHOU SIMONS
Author of Gracelaced
Hope*writers write meaningful words without sacrificing our meaningful lives.
As a hope*writer, you’ll be welcomed into an active and supportive community of smart, creative writers. You’ll have access to exclusive interviews about the working life of a writer. And it won't take more than an hour a week (unless you want it to!).
Current training includes candid conversations with:
Author of Chasing Slow
Author of One: Unity in a Divided World
Author and Book Coach
New York Times bestselling Author
Author of At Home in the World
Author and Bible Teacher
WRITE BETTER TOGETHER
We reject the myth that writing is a solitary act and believe our best work is done when we know we are safe, we are seen, and we are supported.
We are wholeheartedly committed to being writers who choose connection over comparison.
We work hard to cultivate a no-self-promotion zone among members so the valuable conversation and curious questions don’t get lost in countless threads of outside links and sales pitches. Keeping our group uncluttered and focused is a high priority.
MEET THE HOPE*WRITERS FOUNDERS
Your message matters! We're here to encourage you each step along your writing journey.
EMILY P. FREEMAN
Director of Content
Emily is committed to helping you serve your reader and find your lane so you can do your good work forever. She is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of five books. Her most recent release is The Next Right Thing, and she's host of the Next Right Thing podcast.
BRIAN J. DIXON
Director of Growth
Brian is a tech, video, and marketing guru who wants to help you grow your email list and create your first online product. He helps explain the overwhelming technology necessary to serve your readers. Brian is the author of Start With Your People, which released in September 2019.
Director of Community
Gary knows the mighty courage it takes to let God use your soul to encourage others in your writing, and he’s driven to inspire that courage in you. He’s Emily’s dad, and loves being an “it’s never too late” example, publishing his first book at age 66.
You've put it off too long. Now is the time to take your writing seriously.
Because if not now . . . when?
"Before I joined hope*writers, I had notebooks full of writings, but never in a million years would I have called myself a writer. Hope*writers has given me not only the confidence to say I am a writer, but concrete ways to live this out and a tribe of people who understand what this writing life is like. It has changed my whole perspective."
"Before hope*writers, I was a blogger who wrote for fun and mostly to indulge myself. Through the gentle guidance of this community I’ve learned how to uncover what my message actually is, who my reader is, how my message can serve her, and the gift I’m offering."
"Before hope*writers, I had plans to be a writer someday. Hope*writers has taught me more about being a writer than all the college writing classes I have taken in the past four years and I will be forever grateful for how much I have grown because of this community and resources."
PAOLA BARRERA RUIZ
"I'm the member who has wrestled feeling totally out of place. Total newbie. Afraid of putting any words together, much less sharing them. Yet, somehow, very slowly and ever so gently, the Lord has used this group, the many lovely voices here I follow and learn from, to help me."
"Before hope*writers, I thought making money with my writing or blog was self-promotion. I never saw the value of the words I wrote until hope*writers. I always wanted to write a book. It was a dream I put on hold. I would have never called myself a writer when introducing myself to a new group of people. Now I do, and I picture the faces here in this group. It's no longer just a dream."
HOW DOES IT WORK?
When you join hope*writers today, here's how you'll grow as a working writer:
1. IDENTIFY YOUR STAGE ON THE HOPE*WRITER PATH
We organize the writing life into six stages. These are fluid, and we often move between them as writers, but as soon as you join, you’ll identify which stage you’re in and know exactly what you need to do to move on to the next one.
There’s no rush and no timeline — but there are actual steps to take. Writing and publishing don’t have to feel like a unicorn mystery. You can go at your own pace and design your writing life one step at a time.
2. LEARN CURRENT TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICES IN OUR WEEKLY TUESDAY TRAININGS
We go live each week on Tuesdays at 2 pm EST for an hour, offering members the most up-to-date information from editors, agents, authors, and marketing professionals. We ask the questions you want answered.
Can't make that time? No problem: All training is recorded and made available to you in our member library.
- Tuesday Teaching: A weekly mini-workshop with a publishing professional.
- Tuesdays Together: A live Q&A with the co*founders once per quarter.
3. CONNECT WITH OUR SUPPORTIVE PRIVATE COMMUNITY
Ask the questions a search engine can’t find the answers to, and get kind responses from writers who are with you and ahead of you on the path.
- Test your post idea, book title, event angle, or tagline and receive valuable feedback from other members.
- Share your writing weekly in a dedicated thread called Friday Shares and offer support for the work of others.
- Celebrate your wins as well as your losses and be received by people all over the world who are doing similar work and have been there, too. We celebrate the book deals and the rejection letters because they both mean you are a working writer.
4. FIND THE AMY POEHLER TO YOUR TINA FEY IN A PROJECT-CENTRIC HOPE*CIRCLE
Before anyone knew their names, Tina and Amy met in a Chicago improv group. They grew up together in their life and work. As a working writer, it may seem like you need a big break or someone to discover you, but really, you just need to link arms with your own Amy.
Hope*circles are where you can find her. Your hope*circle is a small group of your writing peers who are in a similar stage to you: whether you’re just starting out, looking for an agent or launching a book.
Hope*circles are where you’ll receive:
- Care and support specific to your writing stage.
- Brainstorming help with specific goals, tactics, and ideas related to your writing project.
- Flexible and potentially life-long connections with like-minded writers who get it.
5. CREATE YOUR PROFILE AND SHARE YOUR WRITING
We’re especially excited about our brand new hope*writers Member Directory! When you join hope*writers, you can create a FREE profile that will help you connect with other writers and publishing professionals.
- Find members with similar or complementary interests who can collaborate with you.
The directory makes it possible for hope*writers members to start podcasts together, join hope*circles together, and even meet up in real life.
- Get your writing discovered.
Editors, agents, and other publishing professionals now have a simple way to search for you and your work in the Member Directory.
- Create a headache-free portfolio.
If you’ve struggled to get your website started or have a complicated relationship with tech, the Member Directory is the perfect place to showcase your writing. It provides a simple and convenient place to send people who want to learn more about you.
A FEW MORE WORDS FROM A MEMBER OF HOPE*WRITERS:
"Being a writer can feel like being adrift at sea. It can be lonely and difficult to navigate as we try to grow in our craft and our publishing know-how.
Hope*writers serves as an anchor for me in the deep sea of publishing, giving me a safe place to explore all of the necessary elements of a writing career with fellow travelers on the same journey.
Hope*writers is an investment in my future as working writer, and I’m grateful to have their support, experience, and teaching available whenever I need it.”
Kimberly Coyle, writing teacher at Fairleigh Dickinson University
IT'S DECISION TIME
FROM HERE YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS:
1. Keep writing the way you always have — on your own, unsure of your path, and uncertain of your next step.
2. Make the investment in becoming a working writer — get the training and encouragement you need, a simple path for your calling, and a community who'll be there for you the whole way.
No matter where you're starting from, we are here to support you in each stage of your writing journey.
What are you waiting for?
If fear is holding you back, it's time to tell yourself a different story. Let that new narrative start today.
Click the button and say YES to joining us. We can't wait to meet you!
YOUR HOPE*WRITERS MEMBERSHIP GUARANTEE
To make your decision to join hope*writers even easier, we offer a 60-day "tried and applied" guarantee. This gives you the opportunity to test drive hope*writers for the next 60 days and see if we're a good fit for you.
All you have to do is take the member quiz to find out which writing stage you are in, log into the member library and read a few articles in your writing stage, watch three Tuesday Teaching trainings, engage in our Facebook group, and set up your profile in our Member Directory.
If you don't find that we offer value to help you move forward in your writing, just reach out to us for a full refund. We want to make sure this is the right fit for you!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What if I join and decide it's not for me?
You can cancel your membership at any time.
I am a writer, but I'm not ready to write a book and am not even sure I want to. Will this still help me?
If you are a writer who wants to share your words with a reader (no matter the format!), then hope*writers is for you.
Is hope*writers only for nonfiction writers?
No! Fiction writers are welcome (and celebrated) in hope*writers. Our goal is to equip writers to do their good work forever, and we do have fiction writers in our community who have found great value here. We've also had several Tuesday Teachers who specifically focus on fiction.
What if I can't watch the live training on Tuesdays? Do I miss out?
Never! We have members from all over the world and realize not everyone can join us for our live elements. Everything we provide live will also be recorded and available in the member library.
Is there homework?
There isn't homework, but we do provide simple benchmarks and checklists to help keep you on track as you move through the various writing stages at your own pace.
Is hope*writers only for faith-based writers?
Hope*writers helps writers balance the art of writing with the business of publishing. Our goal is to help writers make progress and share their words of hope. While many of our members find their hope in their faith (and for many, that's Christianity, as hope is a pervading message of that faith), any writer with a message of hope is welcome and will be embraced and helped. It will not be assumed that you hold certain beliefs.
While hope*writers is not specifically for Christian writers, we do have a lot of Christian members. Because hope*writers was founded by authors who have published nonfiction books in the faith-based market, we have naturally attracted writers who want to do the same. This is most evident in some of the conversations in our Facebook group, especially when members first join and introduce themselves.
The training we offer is not specific or applicable to only one particular group or genre. A writer's ability to learn to balance art and business is key to writing for the long term. This is not specific to faith-based writing, which is why we don't major on the faith aspect. While many of our Tuesday Teachers work in Christain publishing or write for Christian publishers (especially those we hosted in the early days of hope*writers), we continue to seek out teachers who can offer a wide variety of writing and publishing advice that members can apply to their own writing goals.
While we allow writers to share their wins and disappointments no matter their beliefs, we do have clear policies in place to remind members that hope*writers is a writing community. That means we are not your readers, your students, or your church. Hope*writers is not the place for members to lecture, debate, proselytize, or shame fellow writers into adopting certain ideas, ideals, or religious views.
Okay, but is it only for women?
It didn’t start out that way, but the hope*writers approach seems to be attracting far more women than men.
We do have a few men (and two of our co-founders are men!). We welcome all writers who are ready to commit to their work.
I want to join but my spouse/partner isn't on board, what do I do?
Great question! You're not alone. In fact, we get this question so often, we made a video for you and your spouse/partner to watch.
Who is hope*writers NOT for?
Cut-throat competitors: We know how to work hard and we take our work seriously, but we don't have time for the drama and anxiety of comparison and competition. We don't compete with each other, we champion each other. Success for one is success for all.
Self-promoters: There is a difference between sharing your work and self-promotion. If you don't know the difference yet, that's okay! We welcome writers who want to learn to share their work better. But if writers come in just to grandstand, we'll know.
Robots: What works for one may not work for all. We understand that and work hard to encourage hope*writers to find ways to do their good work without going crazy. We're looking for writers with heart who want to share their work with a reader while also becoming more fully themselves in the process.
I'm ready to sign up. What do I do next?
Yay! Click the button below to choose your membership level. We can't wait to welcome you into hope*writers!